Wednesday, 19 September 2018

5e Fallout: Enigmatic Enclave, Foul Floaters, Horrible Mutant Hounds, Savage Spore Plants and Carriers, and Terrible Trogs!

Following on from the recent Aliens update, a significant amount of new content has been added to the Fifth Edition Fallout wiki.

This update includes:

Enclave

  • Scientist (CR 1/2)
  • Enclave Trainee (CR 5)
  • Enclave Officer (CR 9)
  • Enclave Soldier (CR 11)
  • Enclave Veteran (CR 13)
  • Sidebar: Flame Troopers (two variant statblocks)
  • Sidebar: Pulse Troopers (two variant statblocks)
  • Sidebar: Tesla Soldiers (one variant statblock)
  • Sidebar: Hellfire Troopers (one variant statblock)
  • Sidebar: Control Company (four variant statblocks)
  • Sidebar: Squad Sigma (six variant statblocks)

Floaters

  • Floater (CR 1/2)
  • Bloody Floater (CR 2)
  • Nasty Floater (CR 5)

Mutant Hounds

  • Mutant Hound (CR 1)
  • Glowing Mutant Hound (CR 3)

Robots

  • Liberty Prime (CR 27)

Spore Plants

  • Spore Plant (CR 1/2)
  • Giant Spore Plant (CR 5)
  • Dionaea Muscipula (CR 8)

Spore Carriers

  • Spore Carrier Runt (CR 1/2)
  • Spore Carrier (CR 1)
  • Spore Carrier Brute (CR 2)
  • Spore Carrier Savage (CR 3)
  • Spore Carrier Savenger (CR 5)
  • Spore Carrier Beast (CR 8)

Trogs

  • Trog Fledgling (CR 1/8)
  • Trog (CR 1/2)
  • Trog Brute (CR 1)
  • Trog Savage (CR 4)

New Weapons

  • Incinerator
  • Pulse Pistol
  • Pulse Rifle

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Announcing a new 5e Fallout Stream: The Burning Winds

Fantastic news! I've just learned of another stream you Fallout fans will be able to watch very soon! And guess what? It's not the game @ZerthSpirit has recently teased us with. Nope, it's another new game!

The Burning Winds is GMed by @CaptainR3boot. The game starts airing tomorrow at 1pm PST/4pm EST. The first session will be live character creation, so be sure to check that out to get a good feel for the player characters.

This brings the total of concurrent streams up to three, with four expected once @ZerthSpirit's begins. Just amazing!

In related news, because Fifth Edition Fallout live plays seem to be growing in popularity (and I love it!) I figured it was high time that I kept a record of the games somewhere for the convenience of the fans.

You can now keep track of what games are happening and where you can find them over on the wiki's stream log!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

5e Fallout: Antagonistic Aliens!

More Fifth Edition Fallout news already? Yup. I hope you appreciate all these nice things I'm making for you!

As the title suggests, I've finally gotten round to adding aliens to the game! Now your wastelanders can run across lone pilots of crashed saucers or get beamed up to the mothership for a zany offworld adventure! In addition to statblocks, the addition of aliens also means access to some new alien weaponry!

This update includes:

Aliens

  • Alien Worker (CR 0)
  • Alien Crewman (CR 2)
  • Alien Ensign (CR 4)
  • Alien Lieutenant (CR 6)
  • Alien Lieutenant Commander (CR 9)
  • Alien Commander (CR 12)
  • Alien Captain (CR 15)


Alien Robots

  • Support Drone (CR 1)
  • Guardian Drone (CR 6)
  • Experimental Weapons Drone (CR 7)
  • Alien Turret (CR 2)


Alien Weapons

  • Alien Atomizer
  • Alien Disintegrator
  • Alien Shock Baton
  • Drone Cannon
  • Drone Cannon Ex-B


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

5e: Legendary Magic Items - The Suit of the Spider

I've been playing a lot of the new Spider-Man game since its release. This isn't a review, so I'll just say I think it's excellent, and I'm having great fun swinging around the game's version of New York!

Since Spider-Man is currently occupying much of my thoughts and free time, I should at least channel that towards some content, right? So here's a set of magic items inspired by Spider-Man! Why not disperse these through your game's world as the mythical treasures of a renowned rogue from antiquity?


Spider-Man from Spider-Man by Insomniac Games. Character © Marvel.

Boots of the Spider

Wondrous item, Legendary



These boots grant you enhanced speed and the ability to traverse walls and ceilings. You gain a climbing speed equal to your walking speed, and both your walking and climbing speeds are increased by 20 feet. You have the ability to move up, down, and across vertical surfaces and upside down along ceilings, while leaving your hands free.

In addition, you ignore the stickiness of a tightrope web created by the bracers of the spider.

If you also wear and are attuned with the gloves of the spider, you can use your hands to "wall crawl". You may only move at half your normal movement speed, but you have advantage on saving throws and opposed ability checks to resist any attempt to physically remove you from the surface you are crawling on.


Bracers of the Spider

Wondrous item, Legendary



These bracers grant the wearer the ability to fire webbing at a distance. You can use the following webs:

Grappling Web


You can use the Attack action to make a special ranged attack with a free hand, a web grapple. You choose whether you want to grapple a creature within 30 feet and create a line to you, with which you can control them, or else fire a web which grapples a creature within 60 feet, sticking them to a surface within 5 feet of them. If you're able to make multiple attacks with the Attack action, your web grapple attack replaces one of them.

The target of your grapple must be no more than one size larger than you and must be within your reach. You make a Dexterity-based ranged attack roll, for which you are proficient, contested by the target's Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check (the target chooses the ability to use). If you succeed, you subject the target to the grappled condition. At the end of the grappled target's subsequent turns, it may make a DC 15 Strength (Athletics) check to break free of the web.

If you also wear and are attuned with the gloves of the spider, your target can be up to three sizes larger than you.

Traversal Web


As a bonus action using a free hand, you fire a web that sticks to a wall or ceiling within a range of 60 feet, allowing you to swing or pull yourself across a great distance.

If you target the web at an anchor point above and roughly in the middle of the distance you're jumping, you may make a standing long jump with a maximum distance of 1 foot times the distance to the anchor, or to make a running long jump with a maximum distance equal to 2 feet times the distance to the anchor.

If you target the web at an anchor point opposite you across the distance you wish to traverse, you may add +10 feet to the maximum distance of your standing long jump, or +20 feet to the maximum distance of your running long jump. When you use your traversal web, each foot of distance crossed costs 1 foot of your movement speed, up to a maximum of your total movement speed.

Finally, you can also fire a traversal web at two points within 60 feet of each other, creating either a climbing rope or a tightrope. However, anyone who is not equipped with gloves of the spider must make a DC 15 Strength (Athletics) check when they first touch a web rope and at the beginning of each subsequent turn for which they are still on the rope. Similarly a creature not equipped with boots of the spider must make a DC 15 Strength (Athletics) check when they first touch a web tightrope and at the beginning of each subsequent turn for which they are still on the rope. On a failed save, the creature is grappled.


Spider-Man from Spider-Man by Insomniac Games. Character © Marvel.

Gloves of the Spider

Wondrous item, Legendary



These gloves grant you great strength comparative to your physical size. Your Strength is 23 while you wear these gloves. They have no effect on you if your Strength is 22 or higher without them. You count as two sizes larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

In addition, you ignore the stickiness of a climbing web created by the bracers of the spider.


Mask of the Spider

Wondrous item, Legendary



While wearing this mask, you gain a powerful danger sense, a tingling sensation that warns you of impending danger. You have a +2 bonus to armour class, as well as advantage on Initiative checks and Dexterity saving throws you make.


Completing the Set

Together, the four legendary items comprising the suit of the spider, are easily powerful enough to be considered to be an artefact, though they must be attuned as separate items. However, you may attune to all four items in the suit of the spider at once in exemption to the normal limit of three attuned magic items.

When you are attuned to and wearing the complete suit, you gain the following additional powers.

You have increased manual dexterity and agility, gaining advantage on all Dexterity ability checks.

If you have more than 0 hit points at the start of your turn, you regain 10 hit points. When you are knocked unconscious, the time required for you to regain consciousness is halved.







Friday, 7 September 2018

5e Fallout: PDF Updates, New Feats III, New Streams, and Other News

Okay, folks. I've a fair amount of Fifth Edition Fallout news to update you on today! Let's get right to it.

The Fifth Edition Fallout PDF Rulebook has received a major update.

The new version of the rules is already online, and can be downloaded from the Fifth Edition Fallout hub as usual.

So what's new? Well, technically, nothing. If you've been following my progress for a while, you'll know that ever since I created the wiki, it's been the source for the most up to date content. That's because it's a lot less hassle to keep the wiki up to date than it is to make the same updates to the PDF. Rather than make constant small updates to the PDF, I like to save up until I can make a larger update all at once.

If you like to refer to the PDF when you're away from an internet connection, as a printed copy, or for any other reason, you'll want to get hold of the new version simply because it updates the PDF to have all the content currently on the wiki, with the single exception of Knowledge Checks for monsters (which are far from complete on the wiki in any case). The update includes:

Version 1-0-7 sits at a page count of 223! Every time I update the PDF, it hits me all over again just how much effort has gone onto Fifth Edition Fallout. It's always an incredible feeling.

Wasteland Wanderers updated, with Wasteland Wares to follow (hopefully soon).

As mentioned above, the awesome
@gCrusher also sent me notes on Wasteland Wanderers which has been updated accordingly. If you allow DriveThruRPG to send you emails when your purchases are updated, you should already have received an email, but I know plenty of people don't.

Enough has been improved that I would certainly recommend downloading the latest version. Alongside the corrections and a few rewrites, there are a small handful of mechanical changes throughout the document.

@gCrusher has also informed me he'll be providing similar notes for Wasteland Wares in the near future, so expect an update to it soonish.

New Feats

Some of those feats mentioned above? You won't have seen them before. They've been added to both the PDF and the wiki as of last night. These 11 new feats are inspired by perks from Fallout 2.

Feats

As of today, feats include:
  • Action Boy/Girl.
  • Adrenaline Rush. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Animal Friend.
  • Bloody Mess.
  • Chem Resistant.
  • Cult of Personality.
  • Demolition Expert. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Devastating Allure.
  • Dodger.
  • Educated.
  • Empathy. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Faster Healing. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Gambler. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Ghoulish.
  • Gun Fu.
  • Harmless. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Heave Ho!
  • Inspirational Presence.
  • Lead Belly.
  • Light Step. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Lone Wanderer.
  • Master Trader.
  • Miss Fortune.
  • Miss/Mister Fixit.
  • Moving Target.
  • Mutate.
  • Mysterious Stranger.
  • Night Vision.
  • Pack Alpha.
  • Pathfinder.
  • Pickpocket.
  • Pyromaniac.
  • Quick Pockets. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout/Fallout 2 perk.
  • Rad Resistant.
  • Salesman. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Scrounger.
  • Silent Running.
  • Slayer.
  • Smooth Talker. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Snake Eater.
  • Sniper.
  • Stonewall. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout 2 perk.
  • Strong Back.

Excluding feats from other sources including the Player's Handbook, there are now 43 feats in the game. Which is a lot! There are plenty more perks from Fallout 3 and New Vegas that could be mined for inspiration, but I'm tempted to leave it be for now, and maybe come back to it later. Or perhaps I should allow submissions for homebrew feats and other content, the same way I've opened up the possibility for monsters? If you've got any thoughts on the subject, let me know.

Google Doc Character Sheet

Fifth Edition Fallout already has a character sheet, but that's really most useful for games played in person with printed sheets. I recently created a character sheet on Google Docs that I intend to use when running online games. You can view the sheet here. To use or customise it for your own cames, simply make a copy to your personal google drive (click "File", then "Make a copy" from the menu).

Another Fifth Edition Fallout stream!?

You read that right. @ZerthSpirit has recently teased a streamed game to start sometime in October.

You may remember @ZerthSpirit from part 1 of my own one-shot game, The Hunt For Spring-Heeled Jack (as an aside, I swear I'll find the time and arrange to finish that one day, players willing). She played Tenoka, the prototype synth. Joining her as one of the players will be @DSC_Nick, who himself is GM for DumpStatCharisma's Fallout: King's Ransom. It's very exciting to see these superfans get together, I'm looking forward to the game and you should too! More news on this game when I get it.

By the time it starts airing, the as yet untitled game will join two others: King's Ransom, which you can watch every other Tuesday at 5.30 pm (Pacific) at twitch.tv/dumpstatcharisma, and @saevrick's Fallout: 304, which begins in two days! It first airs on Sunday the 9th September at 8.30 pm (Eastern) over at twitch.tv/saevrick.

It's utterly incredible to think my work on Fifth Edition Fallout has inspired so many games, and that fellow fans will be spoiled for choice. If you're into streamed games at all, try to support these games!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Announcing a new 5e Fallout Stream: Fallout 304!

Great news for Fifth Edition Fallout fans! @saevrick will begin running a campaign on the 9th September! You'll be able to watch it then and each subsequent Sunday at 8.30 pm (Eastern) over at twitch.tv/saevrick.

Saevrick and his players join the Dump Stat Charisma crew who are already streaming their own Fifth Edition Fallout game every other Tuesday at 5.30 pm (Pacific) at twitch.tv/dumpstatcharisma.

Make sure to check out both games!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

5e Fallout: Weird Wanamingos and New Feats Part II

I've got another update for Fifth Edition Fallout fans today!

Wanamingos and other Weirdness

The wiki now has statblocks for the CR 5 wanamingo and CR 9 wanamingo queen. Check them out here.

I also added the CR 9 twin centaur, based on Fallout 3 cut content!

I'll likely add West Coast Centaurs and Floaters next.

New Feats

Following on from the recent update of new feats, nine more feats have been added to the wiki, each of which is inspired by a perk from the first Fallout game.

As of today, the Fifth Edition Fallout feat options include 33 feats, 9 of which are new today:
  • Action Boy/Girl.
  • Animal Friend.
  • Bloody Mess.
  • Chem Resistant.
  • Cult of Personality.
  • Devastating Allure.
  • Dodger.
  • Educated.
  • Heave Ho!
  • Ghoulish.
  • Gun Fu.
  • Inspirational Presence.
  • Lead Belly.
  • Lone Wanderer.
  • Master Trader.
  • Miss Fortune.
  • Miss/Mister Fixit.
  • Moving Target.
  • Mutate.
  • Mysterious Stranger.
  • Night Vision. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Pack Alpha.
  • Pathfinder. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Pickpocket. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Pyromaniac.
  • Rad Resistant.
  • Scrounger.
  • Silent Running. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Slayer. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Snake Eater. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Sniper. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Strong Back. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Announcing our #GenForAll sale, now through Sunday!

Whether you'll be at #GenCon2018 or #GenCant2018 this year why not celebrate the hobby you love this weekend? I'm celebrating by putting all of my products over at DriveThruRPG on sale! That means until 9am Monday morning (CST), you can get any or all of the following products for 30% off!

Also between now and Monday, you can download a free preview of Wasteland Woes, the next product in the Wasteland Worlds series. Wasteland Woes will be a compendium of environmental hazards, traps, and statblocks designed for post-apocalyptic play. The preview Wasteland Woes: Merchants of the Wastes includes statblocks for traders, guards, couriers, and other wasteland service providers that are bound to be useful if you're running Fifth Edition Fallout or any other post-apocalyptic setting!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

5e: A Random Character Creation Walkthrough, Part I

A few weeks back I talked about various resources I know of that can help you randomly create your character's backstory, and even their race and class if you wish. These resources include: Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, @TheKindGM's Character Creation Tables, and @giffyglyph's Darker Dungeons.

You can read that post for more details.

Today, I'll start randomly rolling a character using a combination of tables from some of these sources and weaving their story together. For the sake of this exercise, I'll be making a Forgotten Realms character while limiting myself to only official sources (excluding Unearthed Arcana and the recent Eberron guide).

Origins Part 1: Parents, Birthplace, and Siblings

First, I'll roll up the traits decided my character's beginnings, including their race, their sex assignment, their family, and their birthplace.

Their sex is a simple binary: let's say a result of 1 for female and 2 for male.


As discussed in the previous post, there are two possible options for rolling the character's race. Darker Dungeons has weighted tables, meaning that you're more likely to roll a human or one of the core races. That's very useful if you want to factor in the relative rarity of each race, but for the sake of this exercise it really doesn't matter. Therefore I'll be using The Kind GM's character creation tables.

This does involve a little extra work on my part, as the default assumption in these tables is that the player chooses their preferred sourcebook. I want to do things completely at random. Fortunately, I already created the appropriate table for this last week:

Race Options
(Official Only)

d20
Source
1-10
Player's Handbook
11-13
Elemental Evil Player's Companion
14-20
Volo's Guide to Monsters



Looks like I'm getting a race from the Player's Handbook! Referring to the Kind GM's tables, I see I'm to roll a d10 next:


A 7 is perhaps the worst result I could have gotten for the sake of this creative exercise: a Human. But oh well, I'm committed to following the rolls where they take me!

We now know that our character is a human woman (or depending on either preference or where the emergent narrative takes us, was assigned the female sex at birth). Next I turn to This Is Your Life in Xanathar's Guide to Everything to go through the Origins stage. First is a d100 roll on the table to decide whether my character knows who her parents were.

Oh dear, it seems like the DuckDuckGo search engine's otherwise useful dice roller can't handle a d100! I suppose I'll be rolling a d10 twice. Note that in the following image and all future d100 rolls I'm taking the two results (the numbers in squares) rather than the numeric total in bold.


A result of 58 means that the characters knows who her parents were. So where was she born?



There are more interesting options on the table, but a result of 13 means the character was born in her parents' own home. So far she's shaping up along fairly expected lines!

How about siblings? First, I'm told to roll a d10 to determine the number of siblings my character has. Based on the result of that roll, a 3, I get to roll d3 and have that many siblings.


Two siblings! Are they older or younger? For each, I roll 2d6 and compare the totals of each to the table in Xanathar's Guide.


The first result is an older sibling, while the second result is a younger sibling.

I can also determine the siblings' sexes in the same way I generated the character's. Remember, if the result is 1 they're female, and if it's 2 they're male.


So! Our female character's birth was sandwiched between two brothers.


Tangent: Current Status of Siblings

There are several supplementary tables we can roll on to determine further details about who the siblings evolve into, and now is as good a time as any to do it. Xanathar's Guide recommends rolling on the following supplementary tables: Occupation, Alignment, Status

Occupation. What does the sibling do for a living?

Alignment. What is the sibling's alignment? If you've followed this blog for a while, you'll probably know that I don't really care for D&D's alignments. But in the context of random character creation, I think they are a useful tool for quickly determining what sort of attitudes a given character might possess, which can be fully developed later.

Status. Is the sibling alive? Dead? Unwell? In trouble?

Relationship. How does the sibling feel about you?

Now, a slight criticism of the supplemental tables as presented: they all assume that the sibling is an adult. If a sibling has died, fallen ill, or come to hate my character, I would like to know if the event occurred during their mutual childhood, teenage years, or after they became an adult.

Sibling Status - Timing of Event

d6
Event Timing
1-2
Event occurred during your character's childhood.
3-4
Event occurred during your character's teenage years.
5-6
Event occurred during your character's adulthood.


I'd also suggest reordering the supplementary tables and rolling for the sibling's status first. After all if they tragically died as a child, they don't need an occupation.

So let's start there: the status roll is 3d6.


Oh dear, it appears that the character's older brother is "doing poorly due to injury, financial trouble, or relationship difficulties." Fortunately for our younger brother he is alive and well. I'll roll a further d6 to decide the nature of the older brother's difficulties (1-2: Injury, 3-4: Financial Trouble, 5-6: Relationship Difficulties).


It looks like our dear brother is having money troubles. I do hope he doesn't owe money to the wrong people!

Next, what are the occupations of the two brothers? This is a d100 roll. You'll see that for one of these rolls a d10 came up "10" which as you no doubt already know, is actually a "0" on a d10.


A result of 71 means the older brother is a laborer. 09 is a far more exciting result, as it means that our character's younger brother is also an adventurer! This means that I roll on the supplementary class table.


A result of 80 means our younger brother is an adventuring rogue!

Next, we'll determine the alignments of the two brothers. The table for alignment requires a 3d6 roll, creating a bell curve that will skew probabilities toward neutrality. Which makes sense.


Looks like the brothers aren't interested in bucking the trend!

Finally, what about our character's relationship with both brothers? This is a 3d4 roll, which skews towards friendly in the middle with hostile and indifferent to either end of the range.


It seems that both brothers are friendly with our character. While we're at it, why don't we roll on that table once more to determine the relationship between the brothers?


Well, apparently all the siblings are friendly with each other. Some friction might have been more exciting, but we're at the mercy of the dice here.

Origins Part 2: Family & Friends

Our character knows who her parents are, but did she actually know them in person? Was she raised by them? We roll on the Family table, a d100, to find out!


A result of 42 means that the character was raised by a single father. We can roll a d4 on the absent parent table to discover why.


This is an interesting, unfortunate result: the character's mother abandoned the family. Of course there are many reasons why this might be the case. Before I make any decisions about that, I'm going to find out some more details about the family. Starting with a 3d6 roll for their quality of life.


This result means that the family lifestyle was comfortable. It comes with a +10 modifier to the childhood home table, so let's roll that now.


Well. This is a twist! That's a 94 on the dice, with a +10 modifier thanks to the comfortable lifestyle we've already rolled. A result of 104 means our character's childhood home was a mansion, suggesting they are from the aristocracy. The fact that their lifestyle was merely comfortable, rather than either wealthy or aristocratic, might suggest that the family was either particularly frugal or had begun to fall on hard times.

So how did oldest son and heir of this noble family become a laborer? What brought the other two into the world of adventuring? We've already surmised that the family might have had a downturn in fortune. Perhaps they lost their mansion and lands. We could assume that their father has either passed away or is in no fit state to lead the family, leaving the oldest brother to take responsibility for trying to recover the estate. Swallowing his pride, he entered into the service of another noble family, using his knowledge of the aristocracy as a butler or majordomo (this seems possible because there is no servant entry on the table, indeed laborer is the closest match).

We could further surmise that one reason, if not the only reason, that both younger siblings became adventurers is to help restore their family's fortunes.

There's a final table in this section called Childhood Memories, but it requires the use of the character's Charisma modifier (3d6 + Cha). Since we don't know that yet, we could just leave it for now. Rather than that, I'm going to just assume an average modifier (+2). It's really not a big deal if our character winds up with a different modifier, this is only generating story.


A result of 6 means "Others saw me as being different or strange, and so I had few companions." This is quite an informative result. It'll pair very well with certain classes if we happen to roll them. Otherwise it might represent an unusual personality or peculiar hobby. Whatever it is, it hasn't stopped the character's family from loving her.

Tangent: Current Status of Parents

As we did for the siblings, we can roll on supplementary tables to find out a bit more about the two parents.

First is to determine their occupations. Before I do so, it's worth noting that I may get results that seem incompatible with what we already know. Since the family home was a mansion, they must have been wealthy, suggesting aristocracy or perhaps a rich merchant. A different result might only suggest that the parent had an extreme reversal of fortunes to become a wealthy landowner in the first place.


A result of 02 means the character's mother is or was an academic. 45, on the other hand, makes the father a "farmer or herder". I think the most likely possibility here is that the aristocratic mother was also an aristocrat. Perhaps she inherited the estate and was thereafter able to marry for love, choosing a simple local farmer? But if the family land is technically hers, why did she abandon her home along with her family? Is it possible that she had a reason for leaving without a word? Perhaps something to do with her research?

I'm not going to roll on the Status table for the mother: I've just decided that her status is missing or unknown. I'm also going to use a modified table for the father, because my thinking about the family condition suggests that he's either deceased or not fit to head the family. Therefore, I'm going to roll a single d6. On a 1-3, he's passed on. On a 4-6, he is alive but unwell.


Unfortunately, the character's father has passed away. This means that I can roll a d12 on the cause of death table.


Another big twist here: Our character's father didn't pass on naturally, but was "consumed by a monster". Aside from rebuilding the family fortunes, it seems that she and her brother may have another clear motivation for becoming adventurers. We already know that the character was raised by her father, so this can't have happened during her early childhood. So I'll roll to determine whether it happened when she was a teenager, or when she would have been considered an adult.

Father's Death - Timing of Event

d4
Event Timing
1-2
Event occurred during your character's mid-late teens.
3-4
Event occurred during your character's adulthood.



Apparently the death occurred during our character's adulthood. Given everything else we know about the character and her siblings, and the fact that both she (and presumably her younger brother) are 1st level adventurers, we can surmise that she hasn't been an adult for very long, making the father's death a relatively recent event, perhaps four years at most. This helps us determine our character's approximate age, which is likely between 20-25. Why not split the difference, and call it 22 and a half. Being a bit more specific is nice, as once we know on what calendary day the DM's game begins is set we'll even have a rough idea of when the character's birthday is!

Finally, let's determine the alignment of the two parents:


It appears that both parents were neutral, not just the two brothers. This suggests strongly that the children were raised with the morality and ethics of their parents, and it's quite likely that our developing character would also be neutral. If she isn't, it might be interesting to think about why she differs from her entire family.

We'll leave it there this time! Next time, I'll move onto the character's Life Decisions!

In Summary (So Far!)

  • Our character was born female.
  • She is a human (therefore so were both of her parents, and her siblings).
  • She was born in the family home, which was a mansion.
  • She is from an aristocratic lineage, but the family no longer has its wealth and properties.
  • Her mother was the sole heir of said aristocratic line and a noted academic. She married for love, not politics. She has since seemingly abandoned the family, but unknown to the family there are mysterious reasons why she had to leave. She is or was neutrally-aligned.
  • Her father was a simple farmer until marrying the character's mother. His being out of his depth after the mother left may have exarcebated the family's already waning fortunes. He was eaten by a monster around 3-4 years ago. He was neutrally aligned.
  • She has an older brother, who now works as a major domo or butler. He is trying to shoulder the responsibility of regaining the family's lost fortunes alone. He is neutrally aligned.
  • She has a younger brother, who is now an adventuring rogue. He is neutrally aligned.
  • She and her younger brother are likely motivated by the desire to help rebuild their family fortunes, and because of the loss of their father to a monster.
  • All three siblings are friendly with eachother.
  • Other than her siblings, the character had few friends owing the perception that she was somehow different or strange.
  • At the time of the game start, the character is roughly 22 and a half years old.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

5e Fallout: New Feats!

Fifth Edition Fallout fans can now enjoy another small content update: a selection of new feats inspired by perks from the Fallout series! You can find them on the wiki. I started with perks from the original Fallout game, converting only those I felt made for good, flavourful feats that aren't already a function of either a class feature or an existing feat (you won't find a Bonus Move or Bonus Ranged Damage feat for instance, but you will find Cult of Personality and Heave Ho!). I'm not finished yet—I got as far as the letter "M". At some point I'll finish up the perks from Fallout and then go over the perks from later games for further additions.

Feats

As of today, feats include:
  • Action Boy/Girl. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Animal Friend. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Bloody Mess.
  • Chem Resistant.
  • Cult of Personality. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Devastating Allure.
  • Dodger. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Educated. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Heave Ho! NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Ghoulish.
  • Gun Fu.
  • Inspirational Presence.
  • Lead Belly.
  • Lone Wanderer.
  • Master Trader. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Miss Fortune.
  • Miss/Mister Fixit. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Moving Target.
  • Mutate. NEW. Inspired by the Fallout perk.
  • Mysterious Stranger.
  • Pack Alpha.
  • Pyromaniac.
  • Rad Resistant.
  • Scrounger.

Excluding feats from other sources including the Player's Handbook, there are currently 24 feats in the game, 9 of which are new as of today.

Other News

In case you missed it, I recently added Soldier statblocks to the wiki which you can use to represent mercenaries, Minutemen, NCR Soldiers, Caesar's Legion, and other armies.

You can also now submit your own homebrew creatures to the wiki!

More details here.





Thursday, 12 July 2018

5e Fallout: Skillful Soldiers and Custom Creations!

I've got a pretty big update for Fifth Edition Fallout fans! First: I've created some more statblocks for you to use! Second: you're now free to submit your own!

Soldiers added to the Wiki

As of today, soldiers have been added to the Fifth Edition Fallout wiki! There's a lot of content on this page, including:
  • 10 soldier statblocks
    • Conscript (CR 1/8)
    • Recruit (CR 1/4)
    • Private (CR 1/2)
    • Corporal (CR 2)
    • Sergeant (CR 3)
    • Lieutenant (CR 5)
    • Captain (CR 7)
    • Major (CR 9)
    • Colonel (CR 11)
    • Brigadier (CR 13)
  • A sidebar providing guidance on adjusting the base statblocks to represent members of the following factions:
    • Caesar's Legion
    • Gunners
    • Minutemen
    • New California Republic Army
    • Talon Company
  • A sidebar providing guidance on adjusting Corporals and Sergeants to represent NCR Military Police officers.
    • MP Corporal (CR 2)
    • MP Sergeant (CR 3)
  • A sidebar providing guidance on adjusting soldiers of Private rank and higher to represent reconnaissance specialists (eg. NCR's First Recon or Legionary Scouts).
    • Recon Private (CR 1/2)
    • Recon Corporal (CR 2)
    • Recon Sergeant (CR 3)
    • Recon Lieutenant (CR 4)
    • Recon Captain (CR 6)
    • Recon Major (CR 8)
    • Recon Colonel (CR 10)
    • Recon Brigadier (CR 11)
  • A sidebar providing guidance on adjusting soldiers of Lieutenant rank and higher to include T51b power armour.
    • Power Armoured Lieutenant (CR 10)
    • Power Armoured Captain (CR 12)
    • Power Armoured Major (CR 14)
    • Power Armoured Colonel (CR 16)
    • Power Armoured Brigadier (CR 16)

Including all variations in the sidebars, that's 25 types of soldier for your PCs to fight or to ally with.

I'd originally planned on creating statblocks for mercenaries, Minutemen, NCR Soldiers, and Caesar's Legion. But I realised these would be very similar and could probably treat them as a single category. By combining all these factions into the "Soldiers" grouping, I've managed to reduce 43 planned statblocks to 10 which is a significant reduction in the number of creatures still required before I can say the bestiary is complete! I'm counting it as a big win!

Homebrew Creatures

Are you tired of waiting for me to get around to your favourite Fallout creatures? Or perhaps you're not so keen on the way I designed some of the creatures already in the bestiary? Simply want additional variants of an existing creature?

Well now you have the opportunity to fix these issues!

Yesterday I spent some time setting up a new section of the Fifth Editon Fallout wiki that members can contribute to: the Homebrew Bestiary. You can start contributing your own homebrew creatures by following this guide.

Everything should be working but if you have any troubles signing up, please send a tweet my way or leave a comment!

Thursday, 5 July 2018

5e: Resources for Random Character Creation



One of my favourite things in Xanathar's Guide to Everything is the section entitled This is Your Life. I like creating my own character backstories a lot, but as I read through the random tables in this section it sparked a lot of ideas, and I began to think it might be fun to let the dice decide and then use my own creativity to fill in the blanks, no matter how strangely disconnected the results might seem.

Of course, the tables in Xanathar's Guide to Everything only determine story elements. Your race and class choices are left entirely in your hands. But what if you're open to trying anything? I know of two resources that can help you.

Additionally, there are a number other resources available that will determine yet more aspects of your character at the drop of a die. The following sources can be of use to you:

Xanathar's Guide to Everything

Xanathar's Guide includes the aforementioned This is Your Life, which is populated with tables to determine your character's origins, decisions they have made, and events that have occurred in their past, along with enough tables to flesh out key details of NPCs connected to your backstory.

You'll also want to look at the character options for your chosen (or randomly generated!) class, as each class has a handful of new tables to help you flesh your character out. Admittedly, some of these tables are populated with more inspiring results than others, but they're worth a look.

The Player's Handbook

After you've determined your background using Xanathar's Guide or one of the alternatives listed above, don't forget to take a look at the trait, ideal, bond, flaw, and background-specific random tables (like the charlatan's scam table). You may find that some of your backstory results from Xanathar's Guide already suggest answers to some of these, in which case you might not need to roll!

The Dungeon Master's Guide

Granted, many players don't own a copy of the Dungeon Master's Guide but it deserves a mention here by merit of its excellent tables for creating an NPC. Why not use them for a PC, if you've decided to randomise?

The tables let you generate unique physical/appearance traits, talents, distinctive mannerisms, social behaviours, ideals, bonds, and flaws and secrets.

If your character is evil, don't forget to take a look at the tables for villain's scheme, villain's methods, and (with DM approval), your single villain's weakness!

@TheKindGM's Character Creation Tables

These character creation tables, released as a Pay What You Want product on DMsGuild, have a dual purpose: a complete listing and page reference for every race, class, and archetype from all the following sources:

  • Player's Handbook
  • Dungeon Master's Guide
  • Elemental Evil Player's Companion
  • Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide
  • Volo's Guide to Monsters
  • Xanathar's Guide to Everything
  • Unearthed Arcana (official playtest material)
  • Plane Shift (Magic the Gathering content for 5e)

In addition to page reference numbers, the character options are arranged on tables and assigned numbers so that you can randomly determine all your decision points when making a character. The distribution of results is equal (or as equal as is possible), so you have a good chance of getting any combination.

The character creation tables haven't been updated to include Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes just yet, but that's likely on the cards in the near future.

A limitation of these tables (for the purpose of complete randomisation, at least) is that background and race options from different books/sources are kept as separate tables and it is up to the player to decide which table they want to roll on. If you want to remove these decision points, this is fixed fairly easily. Here are a few options you might consider:

  1. For backgrounds, note that there are 13 options in the Player's Handbook and 12 in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. That means 52% of backgrounds are in the PHB, so you can roll d100: 1-52: PHB, 53-100 = SWAG.
  2. For races, here are two options:
    1. Refer to the table entitled What You Need which lists the sources used. Assign a value to each and use those values to randomly determine a single sourcebook at the beginning of the process. At each stage, use the tables for race or subrace from that sourcebook. When a sourcebook includes subrace options but no races (eg. Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, use the race table from the Player's Handbook.
      • If you want to use all available sources, including unofficial content, assign values from 1 through 8 starting from the top of the table and then roll a d8. If you roll an 8, Plane Shift, assign the 5 options two-digit ranges between 1 and 10 (1-2 for Amonkhet, 3-4 for Innistrad, etc.) and roll 1d10 to determine which you use.
      • If you want to use only official sources, assign values from 1 through 6 starting from the top of the table and ignore the last two rolls, then roll a d6.
    2. Use the tables below. The percentage chance is weighted based on the combined number of races and the distribution of those races throughout the sources. Plane Shift was not included because I'd have to create 5 more tables and it was too much of a PITA, but you get the idea if you want to make one for yourself!

Race Options
(Official Only)

d20
Source
1-10
Player's Handbook
11-13
Elemental Evil Player's Companion
14-20
Volo's Guide to Monsters

Race Options
(inc. Unearthed Arcana)

d100
Source
1-36
Player's Handbook
37-48
Elemental Evil Player's Companion
49-76
Volo's Guide to Monsters
77-100
Unearthed Arcana



@giffyglyph's Darker Dungeons

Darker Dungeons is a set of houserules intended to make a D&D 5e game a grittier, more risk-prone experience. One of the optional rules presented is to randomly generate everything about your character. Accordingly, Darker Dungeons includes several pages of random tables for both character options, backgrounds, and unique features/personality traits.

The character class and race options are up to date with Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, but the backgrounds are limited to only those in the Player's Handbook.

It's worth noting that the race and subraces are weighted, making some results more common than others. You have a 40% chance of rolling up a human, for example, and a 5% chance of becoming a gnome, or a 0.5% chance of being a deep gnome/svirfneblin. These weightings make sense when we think about the actual distribution of the various races, and it helps build out the grittier, more down-to-earth world Darker Dungeons seeks to create. They may not be to everyone's taste - you may prefer your heroes to be exceptions to the world's normal ruless. If that describes you, here's a quick fix: there are 18 races, so assign values to each starting from the top of the table then roll a d20. On a 19, reroll. On a 20, you choose.

@giffyglyph's tables shine when it comes to Character Details. Some of these tables overlap with those in Xanathar's Guide (family and memories, for instance), but provide an alternative approach. Others generate details unexplored in Xanathar's Guide, including weight, height, distinctive features, and habits. The motivation table is also excellent.

There's lots of other great resources/house rules in the document, but they're beyond the scope of this article. I'd simply encourage you to check them out!

Disclaimer: I recently discovered @giffyglyph is a real-life friend, but that has no bearing on my opinions about what he's created here - and he's not asked me/offered me anything to tout praises (I'd accept a pint in retrospect though, if you're reading this. :P)

Combining Resources

To create a character thoroughly at random, why not mix tables from any of the above?

We might choose to randomly determine race, class, and background using either @TheKindGM's character creation tables or @giffyglyph's Darker Dungeons, depending on whether we want weighted results for race or not. If we choose Darker Dungeons but want more background options, we could patch in the relevant tables from @TheKindGM's document.

After generating backstory details using Xanathar's Guide to Everything, we might use Darker Dungeons and/or the Dungeon Master's Guide to establish details about our character's appearance and mannerisms, and use those same tables to also flesh out any non-player characters we created along the way! We can also refer to the character options tables in Xanathar's Guide and roll on the tables for our background (ideals, bonds, etc.) at this point.

Next time, I'll walk through the process of creating one or two characters using tables from some of these sources.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

5e: Warlock Patron, The Wilderheart

Hot on the heels of The Noble Genie, here's another warlock patron: the nature-themed Wilderheart!

The Wilderheart

You have forged a relationship with a land guardian (also known as a land wight or genius loci). These nature spirits are bound to a particular place, essentially becoming that place's own living essence, as well as its protector. Your patron is an atypically powerful example known as a Wilderheart, the spirit of a vast swathe of creation the size of a nation. There are many theories as to the origins of the Wilderhearts: Servants of the nature gods. Manifestations of the Feywild bleeding into the material plane. Forgotten gods from a primal age, surviving the loss of their worshipers by binding themselves to the land. Whatever the truth, the Wilderhearts aren't saying, but they do have extraordinary powers within the limits of their geographical domains. In addition, the prosperity and health of a land guardian and the peace and happiness of the creatures that live in its land are inextricably bound together. Even mortal kingdoms cannot avoid a indissoluble bond with the Wilderheart that shares their land, though many rulers have tried to purge the magic of the natural world from their lands. History is sadly rife with stories of nations that successfully slew or bound their local Wilderheart, only to perish amidst unseasonable weather, blighted harvests, and the scourge of pestilence.

Land guardians are unable to leave their dominion, even the extraordinarily powerful Wilderhearts. And even within their own domain, a Wilderheart is wise not to draw too much attention to their presence. In exchange for the Wilderheart's blessings, the Wilderheart-pact warlock becomes the spirit's agent and emissary to the mortal creatures living in its lands and to other land guardians beyond its borders.


A Wilderheart-pact Warlock. Stock Art © Claudio Casini. Licensed for use.

Expanded Spell List

The Wilderheart lets you choose from an expanded list of spells when you learn a warlock spell. The following spells are added to the warlock spell list for you.


Wilderheart Patron Expanded Spells

Spell Level
Spells
1st
goodberry, speak with animals
2nd
pass without trace, spike growth
3rd
plant growthspeak with plants
4th
dominate beast, guardian of nature(XGtE)
5th
commune with nature, wrath of nature (XGtE)

Wilderheart's Weapon

At 1st level, you learn the druidcraft cantrip. It counts as a warlock cantrip for you, but doesn’t count against your number of cantrips known.

Additionally, you do greater harm to creatures whose existence represents a threat to the natural world or its protectors (including you). You have a pool of d6s that equals 1 + your warlock level. As a bonus action when you cast a cantrip or spell that deals damage, you can spend dice from the pool to deal additional damage to one or more creatures targeted by the spell. The maximum number of dice you can spend at once equals your Charisma modifier (minimum of one die). When you spend dice, you can split them between any creatures you damaged with the cantrip or spell, and you can divide the dice spent between targets in any way you wish.  You cannot spend these dice against beasts or plants.

Your pool regains all expended dice when you finish a long rest.

Wilderheart's Ward

From 6th level your physical appearance changes as you are blessed with nature's protection. Your skin becomes bark-like, though still flexible and pliant, granting you natural armor. Your Armor Class equals 12 + your Dexterity modifier + any bonuses from armour you wear or a shield you carry.

Furthermore, you may sprout thorns on your skin as a bonus action. While you are thorny, a creature suffers 1d4 piercing damage the first time per turn it attacks you with an unarmed strike or natural weapon. A creature that grapples you suffers 1d4 piercing damage when it begins the grapple, and a further 1d4 piercing damage at the beginning of each of its turns until it releases you.

Land's Stride

Beginning at 10th level, moving through nonmagical difficult terrain costs you no extra movement. You can also pass through nonmagical plants without being slowed by them and without taking damage from them if they have thorns, spines, or a similar hazard.

In addition, you have advantage on saving throws against plants that are magically created or manipulated to impede movement, such those created by the entangle spell.

Life Thrives

From 14th level you are attuned to the living energy of the natural world and can draw on it to revitalise yourself. You can choose not to move on your turn to instead plant roots which break through any worked surface to the earth beneath, allowing you to draw sustenance. You regain hit points equal to 1d8 + your warlock level.

Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.

You are also granted a measure of protection against decay: when you die you are automatically preserved as per the spell gentle repose.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

5e: Symbiont Feats

The following feats are intended to give options for playing a character whose body has been possessed by a symbiotic entity. Examples from popular media include Vampire Hunter D and his Left Hand, as well as Eddie Brock and Venom.

I originally came up with this idea while thinking about warlock archetypes. I thought it would be pretty cool to play a warlock whose patron was literally sharing their body, or perhaps one who bound a minion to the warlock to watch over them. My thinking that it would be a template that you could apply to any other warlock archetype. It quickly occurred that it wasn't ideal to require the character to sacrifice core archetype features, and I realised that feats would be a better fit. That way, the warlock doesn't lose any of their archetype features.

From there it was a natural leap to the realisation that feats open up symbiont creatures to characters of other classes. As such the feats presented here can be taken by anyone, but they still have a lot of additional story potential for warlocks.

Symbiont Intelligence

Symbionts are assumed to be intelligent examples of their creature type, and their motivations and desires should be handled as you would any other NPC. However, it's possible that some oozes, plants, and maybe even symbionts of other types are creatures of instinct rather than reason. Such symbionts still have motivations, though they are usually simpler. Survival and reproduction are typical goals for a creature of instinct, but they may also be compelled to return to a specific location or creature or fulfill a particular task.

I recommend the DM give a symbiont statistics as though it were a sentient magic item, as described in the Dungeon Master's Guide, with the host in the role of the "wielder". If you've decided the symbiont is a creature of instinct, note that it only ever communicates with the host by transmitting emotion. Meanwhile, an intelligent symbiont communicates telepathically with the host. The symbiont shares the host's senses.

Symbionts are usually on board with whatever a player character wants to do as long as it doesn't directly oppose their own goals. If the host and the symbiont do come into active opposition, use the rules for conflict with sentient magic items as your guideline for resolution.

If the host and the symbiont are regularly at odds, the symbiont may decide to leave the host. This is a matter left solely to DM discretion, though it is recommended to give the player clear warning signs that it may be coming.

When the symbiont leaves a host they regain all instances of Ability Score Increase the player has spent on symbiont feats. You may allow the player to retrain the feats, though I personally think spending them to increase ability scores puts less strain on the fiction.

Warlocks and Symbionts

This is just a bit of theory-crafting on the subject, but I don't think a warlock patron would abide their warlock forming any other kind of bond that grants them power. In my game, a warlock player wanting to take symbiont feats would be limited to choosing a symbiont of the same creature type as their patron (fey for the Archfey, aberration for the Great Old One, fiend for the Fiend, and so on). The symbiont would be one of three things: a lesser creature of that type in service to the patron, an aspect/simulacrum of the patron, or the patron themselves. Other types of creatures attempting to form a symbiosis with a warlock would either find the warlock protected against them or would be quickly discovered and forced out by the patron.

You can choose to handle it however you want, of course. If a player really wants to be torn between two conflicting masters, feel free to let them!

A druid with fungal plant symbiont. Stock Art © Brett Neufeld. Licensed for use.


Symbiont Feats


Symbiont

You share your body with a symbiont, an entity that thrives as long as it is bound to you, and gifts you with unusual powers. Choose one of the following origins for your symbiont: aberration, celestial, dragon, fey, fiend, plant, ooze, or undead.

Your symbiont grants you the following benefits:
  • Increase your Constitution and Intelligence scores by 1 each, to a maximum of 20.
  • For the purpose of all game effects you count as both a humanoid as well as a creature of your symbiont's type.
  • You must eat and drink twice as much as a member of your race normally requires.
  • As a bonus action you can cause your symbiont to manifest any physical features granted by additional symbiont feats you have selected. You choose which physical features manifest. You can spend another bonus action to cause some or all manifested physical features to disappear.

Aberration-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the aberration type.

The aberrant nature of your symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • You can telepathically speak to any creature you can see within 30 feet of you. You don’t need to share a language with the creature for it to understand your telepathic utterances, but the creature must be able to understand at least one language. If you have the Awakened Mind feature or already possess telepathy through any other feature, the range of your telepathy instead increases by +30 feet. When you make telepathic contact with a creature, your symbiont learns everything you do, and it can also join the conversation if it wishes.
  • You have advantage on saving throws against the frightened condition.
  • If you take an Attack action, you can spend a bonus action to allow your symbiont to briefly manifest a tentacle or other grotesque feature and make an attack of its own against a creature within 5 feet. On a hit, the target suffers psychic damage equal to 1d6 + your Charisma bonus.

Aura of Power

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the celestial, dragon, fey, or fiend type.

Your symbiont's own supernatural potency seeps into you. You have the following benefits:
  • Increase your Charisma score by 1, to a maximum of 20.
  • You can add your Charisma bonus to your AC instead of your Dexterity bonus if it is higher.
  • You can roll a Wisdom or Charisma saving throw with advantage. Once you've used this feature, you cannot use it again until you complete a long rest.

Binary Constitution

Prerequisite: Symbiont.

Thanks to your symbiont, you are exceptionally hale. You gain the following benefits:
  • You have resistance to poison damage.
  • You have advantage on Constitution saving throws.

Celestial-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the celestial type.

The celestial nature of your symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • You possess a healing touch. As an Action, you can touch a creature to immediately restore hit points as though you had cast cure wounds, requiring no verbal or somatic components (other than the touch itself). For the purpose of your healing touch, you are treated as though your character level is your caster level, and that you cast cure wounds in the highest slot available to you, up to a maximum of 5th level. The target may also immediately make a saving throw against each of the following that may be affecting them: a curse, disease, poison, blindness, or deafness. Once you've used this feature, you cannot use it again until you complete a long rest.
  • You have resistance to radiant damage.
  • As an action you can emit bright light in a 20-foot radius and dim light for an additional 20 feet. You can cause the light to fade as another action.

Death-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the undead type.

The undead nature of your symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • When you make an unarmed attack, you can choose to deal necrotic damage instead of bludgeoning damage.
  • You have resistance to necrotic damage.
  • You have advantage on saving throws against Life Drain.

Deteriorating Touch

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the ooze or undead type.

Your touch is deadly. You gain the following benefits:
  • When you deal acid or necrotic damage with an unarmed attack, you deal 1d8 damage (unless you already do higher damage).
  • No more than once per turn when you attack a creature with your unarmed attack, you can force that creature to make a Dexterity saving throw, the DC of which is 8 + your Proficiency + your Constitution bonus. On a failed save, the target takes 1d4 damage of the same type as you deal with your unarmed attacks at the beginning of each of its turns. It may repeat its saving throw at the end of each turn to end the ongoing damage.

Dragon-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the dragon type.

The draconic nature of your symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • You have draconic scales. While you aren’t wearing armor, you can calculate your AC as 13 + your Dexterity modifier. You can use a shield and still gain this benefit.
  • You have the breath weapon of a dragon of your choice. This is identical to a dragonborn's breath weapon racial feature.

Eyes in the Back of Your Head

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the aberration, celestial, dragon, fey, fiend, or undead type.

You can allow your symbiont to manifest an eye or a pair of eyes anywhere on your person. While the eyes are manifested, you gain the following benefits:
  • You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight, as well as advantage on Initiative rolls
  • You can spend your reaction to impose disadvantage on a single attack roll made against you. You must do so before the attack is rolled.

Fiend-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the fiend type.

The fiendish nature of your symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • You have darkvision out to a range of 60 feet. If you already have darkvision, its range increases by 60 feet. Magical darkness doesn't impede your vision.
  • You have resistance to fire damage.

Fey-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the fey type.

The fey nature of your symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • After spending an hour or more in a creature's company and causing it to become more than superficially attracted to you, you have advantage on Charisma (Deception) and Charisma (Persuasion) checks against that creature as long as it continues to find you attractive.
  • You are proficient in Charisma saving throws, or double your proficiency bonus when making Charisma saving throws if you were already proficient.
  • You can misty step as per the spell without once per short or long rest. You require no verbal components.

Life Absorption

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the plant or undead type.

You can drain a creature's essence to give you energy. You may make a melee attack to touch a creature within your reach. On a hit, that creature suffers damage as normal for your unarmed attack and you gain temporary hit points equal to 5 or your attack's damage, whichever is less.

Monstrous Maw

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the aberration, celestial, dragon, fey, or fiend type.

You can allow your symbiont to manifest a mouth anywhere on your person. The mouth is a portal to an extradimensional space that can contain objects weighing no more than 250 pounds and not exceeding a volume of 64 cubic feet. On your turn you can have the mouth either swallow an object that is no larger than 8 feet in any dimension or regurgitate one item it has swallowed as a bonus action. If you attempt to have the monstrous maw swallow an item that is too big for it or that would exceed its remaining capacity, it vomits out all items it currently contains.

You may also use the monstrous maw to make a weapon attack that deals 1d6 piercing damage. You are proficient with your monstrous maw, and it has the light and finesse properties. Damage dealt by the monstrous maw counts as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage. A Medium or smaller creature killed by the monstrous maw is instantaneously consumed by it; the creature is Large or larger an equivalent sized portion of it is swallowed.

Ooze-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the ooze type.

Your bond with an ooze symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • You can squeeze through a space large enough for a creature two sizes smaller than you. If you are medium, for example, you can squeeze through a passage that is only 1 foot and 3 inches wide.
  • It costs you only 5 feet of movement to stand up from prone.
  • You have advantage on Strength (Athletics) checks you make to climb and to grip.

Oozing Threat

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the ooze or undead type.

Your ooze-like abilities grant you useful offensive and defense powers: You gain the following benefits:
  • When you make an unarmed attack, you can choose to deal acid damage instead of bludgeoning damage.
  • You have resistance to acid damage.
  • You have advantage on grapple attempts.

Plant-Touched

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the plant type.

Your bond with a plant symbiont transforms your own body. You gain the following benefits:
  • You have advantage on Strength saving throws to resist forced movement or being knocked prone.
  • You have advantage on Strength (Athletics) checks you make to climb and to grip.
  • When you spend Hit Dice during a short rest you spend bathed in sunlight, you regain +1 hit point per Hit Die.

See Magic

Prerequisite: Symbiont, Eyes in the Back of Your Head, symbiont must be of the celestial, dragon, fey, or fiend type.

While your symbiont's eyes are manifested you can see sources of magic within 30 feet. You see a faint aura around a creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school of magic, if any. You don't need to see the creature or object as your ability to see its magical aura penetrates most barrier. However, this sense is blocked by 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt.

Spores

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the plant type.

You are capable of emitting spores, ejecting them at one creature you can see withing 5 feet of you. Your spores require the target to make a Constitution saving throw, the DC of which is 8 + your Proficiency + your Constitution bonus. You can use one of the following abilities once per short or long rest:
  • Pacifying Spores. The target must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or be stunned for a number of turns equal to your Constitution bonus. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.
  • Poison Spores. The target must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for a number of turns equal to your Constitution bonus. The target is incapacitated while it has the poisoned condition. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Symbiont Survival

Prerequisite: Symbiont.
Your symbiont takes over to keep you safe when you cannot protect yourself. You gain the following benefits:
  • Being asleep has no negative effects on your Perception checks.
  • When you're reduced to 0 hit points or you fall unconscious, your symbiont takes direct control of your body. You immediately gain temporary hit points equal to your character level and your body regains consciousness with the symbiont in control (your own consciousness is still unconscious). The symbiont can control your body for no more than an hour, after which you lose any temporary hit points remaining. If you have no hit points when this happens you immediately return to the unconscious condition. If you were previously dying, you are dying again.

Tendril

Prerequisite: Symbiont, symbiont must be of the aberration, ooze, or plant type.

You can allow your symbiont to manifest a tendril anywhere on your person. You can use the tendril in any of the following ways:
  • To make a melee attack that deals 1d4 slashing damage. You are proficient with your tendril, and it has the finesse and reach properties. Damage dealt by the monstrous maw counts as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical attacks and damage.
  • To make a grapple attempt against a creature within 10 feet. You can only grapple one creature at a time with your tendril. If you have grappled a creature with the tendril, you cannot use it in any other way until you release that creature.
  • To make a standing long jump with a maximum distance of 20 feet, or to make a running long jump with a maximum distance equal to your Strength score + 20 feet, provided there is an anchor point above and roughly in the middle of the distance you're jumping. As normal, each foot of distance crossed while jumping costs 1 foot of your movement speed. If you fail to cross the distance you end your movement hanging from your tendril 10 feet below the anchor point. On your next turn, you can expend your full movement to swing back and forth and build up enough momentum to help you cross the remaining distance. You land on the far edge of the gap and your movement immediately ends.